Adrienne Warren, Ben Fankhauser, Ryann Redmond and More Perform "Constellation" in New "Hot Off the Ivories" Music Video
By Michael Gioia
Adrienne Warren and Ryann Redmond, who starred in Broadway's Bring It On, and Newsies star Ben Fankhauser are among the singers who perform Joey Contreras' "Constellation" in "Hot Off the Ivories," a new music video series screening on Playbill Video that features the work of contemporary musical theatre songwriters performed by Broadway talent.
Created by rising theatrical songwriter Contreras (All the Kids are Doing It, "Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras"), the series strives to present new material in a sleek, intimate format, à la MTV-style music videos.
"We are capturing stories with these songs," Contreras previously told Playbill.com. "I want the heart, the soul, the vulnerability, the nuances of these emotions expressed through each video, and I think we'll be able to catch that magic — especially with the talent we'll be working with!"
"Constellation," a single written by Contreras (Broadway Dreams Foundation's first Artist in Residence) for the Broadway Dreams Foundation, features Warren, Fankhauser, Redmond, Gregory Haney (Bring It On), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Madeline Trumble (Mary Poppins) and a host of BDF students who were given the chance to record in a professional New York studio for the first time.
"As Artist in Residence, I am currently building a platform within the Broadway Dreams organization in which students can start to explore interests in songwriting," added Contreras.
Proceeds from the single "Constellation" go towards a scholarship for those pursuing an education in musical theatre writing. To download the single, click here.
Click here to watch "Great, Cool," the first song in the series performed by Newsies' Ben Fankhauser and Spring Awakening's Blake Daniel; here for "Good Friends," the second in the series performed by Spring Awakening's Phoebe Strole; and here for "Town Goes Boom," performed by Hands on a Hardbody's Jay Armstrong Johnson. Click here to watch "Give Words of Love," the fourth in the series performed by Ghost's Caissie Levy and Taylor Noble.
The single was produced by Chris Abell at Dubway Studios, and the video was produced by Micah Joel for Xerk Media.
Also featured are Contreras on piano, Dan Weiner on drums, Simon Kafka on guitar, Mike Savino on banjo and Patrick Ippolito on bass.
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